Everything you need to know in order to play legal online poker for real money in Canada – including how to spot and avoid risky unlicensed & unregulated poker sites.
Choosing a legal, safe and trusted online poker site or poker app to play on in the Canada is relatively straight-forward.
Canada recently legalized sportsbetting and legal online poker is already in some provinces.
As of April 4, 2022, online poker operators that have completed AGCO’s registration process and have a signed operating agreement with iGaming Ontario can begin offering their regulated games and betting platforms to eligible Ontarians of legal age.
How to find a Trusted Canada online poker site
One could use a search engine to search for “Canada online poker” – but the chances are high you would end up on one of the many unregulated international poker sites which have been offering online poker services to Canadians while there were no legal alternatives available to Canadian citizens.
To guarantee you are playing poker on a Regulated Canadian poker site, generally you can look for a regulator logo.
In Ontario, for example, legal gambling companies must display the “iGaming Ontario” logo to show that the site is a site that is being conducted and managed by iGaming Ontario, offers player protections and meets Ontario’s high standards for game integrity and responsible gambling.
Which Poker Sites Can Canadians Legally Play Online?
- In April 2022, the first legal online poker site offering real-money poker to go live in Ontario was BetMGM. The platform is officially a branch of the PartyPoker US Network, which also includes the Borgata Poker skin in the US.
- On March 4th 2022 GGPoker‘s parent company NSUS labs received a license to offer real money gaming and online poker in Ontario via WSOP.ca.
List of Canada Poker Regulators
The AGCO is responsible for regulating Ontario’s alcohol, gaming and horse racing sectors.